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Black & Hispanic Achievement Awards 2022

Congratulations to our Black and Hispanic Achievement Award Recipients!

Rockland Community College is excited to celebrate your achievement.

Click the following button to watch the recording of the ceremony.

Black and hispanic Achievement Awards Committee

  • Dr. LaToya Blount, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Virginia Meléndez, Co-Chair
  • Michael Albin
  • Oscar Arias
  • Magdalena Cohen
  • Monica Jackson
  • Ashari James
  • Dr. Brian Merritt
  • Christina Merriweather
  • Sonny Reyes
  • Edwin Rivadeneyra
  • Inez Rivera

History of Black and Hispanic Achievement Awards

In 1988 the inaugural program of Rockland Community College’s Achievement Awards Ceremony was  birthed to recognize and reinforce the academic and personal accomplishments of Rockland County students from the Black/African Diaspora.  The Hispanic Heritage Awards followed in 2014 to commemorate the artistic, leadership, and cultural contributions of members in the Latin community, while honoring the academic achievement and overall excellence of Rockland County students of Hispanic descent.

This year we are excited to have a joint collaboration for the Black/African and Hispanic/Latinx Diaspora honoring both cultures.

The purpose and focus of the awards is to continue to promote, encourage, motivate and advocate excellence while empowering students to show up as the best version of themselves in order to reach their desired level of success.

Elementary/Middle School – 6th, 8th grades

Academic Achievement: An academic average of 90% or greater, plus outstanding participation and accomplishment in at least two of the categories listed below.

High School – 10th, 12th grades

Academic Achievement: Eligibility for the National Honor Society, an academic average of 90% or greater, plus outstanding participation and accomplishments in at least two of the categories listed below.

  1. Community Service – Student has shown his or her ability to serve and provide guidance and direction for others.
  2. Artistic Expression – Student has shown talent in performing or visual arts.
  3. Athletic Ability & Accomplishment – Student has shown athletic skills and sportsmanship.
  4. Leadership Activity – Student has demonstrated leadership and provided guidance and direction for others.
  5. Personal Triumph & Success – Student has demonstrated the ability to overcome and flourish despite individual obstacles and limitations.

High School students will be recognized during the ceremony and receive certificates. Elementary and Middle School students will receive certificates.

Message From the President

Rockland Community College welcomes the opportunity to honor the many talented students from across Rockland County who have attained academic excellence and demonstrated exemplary achievements in many areas. You are a vital part of our community and represent our future. It is my fervent hope that you will continue striving, learning and growing throughout your lifetime. I am confident you will attain many important educational and personal milestones and continue to set a positive example for your peers. It is our privilege, our honor and our responsibility to recognize your achievement today.

Dr. Michael A. Baston

Dr. Michael Baston

Academic Programs at RCC

HSI Summer Academy for RCC Incoming First-Year Hispanic/Latinx Students

Take charge of your education by getting ahead! Join RCC at the ¡Sí Se Puede! Summer Academy. Calling first-year Hispanic/Latinx students to participate in this fun learning opportunity. Participate in educational programming, make connections, engage in team-building activities, and much more!


Take charge of your tomorrow by becoming part of the Rockland Community College community! Students choose RCC for its affordable tuition, flexible class schedules and easy transfer to 4 year colleges.

English Skills Academy

The English Skills Academy at Rockland Community College is an intensive college preparatory program for English language learners at various levels.

Degree Programs

RCC offers 50 flexible degree and certificate programs in a range of the humanities, social sciences, arts, technology, business, health professions, mathematics and science.

High School Program

Earn college credits while you are in High School. The High School Program (HSP) is open to high school juniors and seniors who wish to register part time (fewer than 12 credits per semester) and take classes either in your high school or at RCC.

Early Admit Program

Take college-level courses and earn college credits while still in high school. At RCC we offer an Early Admit Program (EAP) to high school seniors who wish to complete their senior year of high school by registering as full-time students at RCC and taking credit courses on campus.

Honors Program

Our nationally recognized Sam Draper Honors Program offers students the challenges and rewards of deeper discourse and a personalized mentoring relationship with your professors. Students who complete the Honors Program with an academic average of 3.5 or higher have a very high rate of transferring with full junior standing to virtually any four-year college or university they choose.

Workforce Development

RCC’s Workforce Development industry credential programs are designed to provide opportunities to obtain industry-specific certifications, and/or to transfer into degree-seeking programs. Workforce Development offers programs where students can gain workforce certifications in less than a year and fill high demand jobs in our region.

TRiO Scholars

TRIO Student Support Services Scholar’s Program is a federally funded program offered at RCC targeted to serve and assist first-generation college students, low-income individuals (Pell Eligible), and individuals with disabilities, to progress through the post-secondary experience and transfer to four-year programs.